• Domain names are the addresses you use when navigating the internet or sending emails

    They work a little like phone numbers, enabling computers using the internet to find specific locations (such as a website or an email inbox). A domain name can be used in the place of a string of numbers called an Internet Protocol address – commonly known as an IP address. In a web address, the domain name is the words that come after www., and in an email address it comes after the @ symbol.

    Just as in a telephone directory, there needs to be a system in place to make sure each address connects to the place it should. This is where the Domain Name System (DNS) comes in, by putting in place a set of rules to ensure each domain name is unique.

    When you register a domain, it's similar to getting your own unique telephone number. Whenever anyone types in your domain they are routed to your unique email address or website.

  • Make your mark online with - .uk

    An exciting domain for today and tomorrow, bringing UK values to a global audience, .uk represents the trusted, new, shorter domain for everyone.

    From ambitious start-ups to vibrant brands, students and families, this dynamic online space offers a shorter domain that puts the emphasis back on your name. For businesses and individuals.

    Starting your digital journey or taking your business to the next level. Get on board with your own .UK domain. Confident. Entrepreneurial. Distinctive. Take the first step towards your online success story today.

    For a limited time, holders of a .CO.UK name have an automatic right to register the .UK equivalent. Don't miss your opportunity to secure your .UK entitlement.

  • The original domain for British business - .co.uk

    Welcome to the original domain for British business online. A familiar, trusted domain that proudly displays its UK pedigree, .co.uk lends its credibility to every website that uses it. As it’s so well known, you can rest assured you’ll be in safe hands, with a recognisable domain where your business can prosper. Established. Commercial. Trusted.

  • There's a space for everyone online - .me.uk

    For blog writing, promoting a portfolio, creating a social news stream or developing a site to show off hobbies and talents, this domain is the place to build and own a unique online presence. The alternative email or web site for unique individuals who want to stand out. Personal. Special. Exclusive.

  • A home for your cause - .org.uk

    The .org.uk domain covers everything that is not-for-profit in the UK – championing the traditional British sense of community spirit. If you’re passionate about your cause and want others to get involved, .org.uk offers a simple way to build your online presence in like-minded company. Dependable. Safe. Responsible.

  • The domain for limited companies - .ltd.uk

    This is a restricted second level domain (SLD) available to registrants who pass a test outlined in the Nominet Rules for the Registration and Use of Domain Names. The restrictions work with the system Companies House uses, and mean that companies should always be able to have a domain name which closely matches their company name – and has not already been taken.

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    The domain .com was one of the first set of top-level domains when the Domain Name System was first implemented for use on the Internet in January 1985.

    Companies anywhere in the world can register .com domains. Although .com domains were originally intended to designate commercial entities (others such as government agencies or educational institutions have different top-level domains assigned to them (.gov / .edu)), there has been no restriction on who can register .com domains since the mid-1990s. When the .com domain was opened to the public it quickly became the most common top-level domain for websites, email, and networking. Many companies that flourished in the period from 1997 to 2001, (the time known as the "dot-com bubble") incorporated the .com suffix into company names; these became known as dot-coms or dot-com companies.

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    The .net name is derived from the word network, indicating it was originally intended for organizations involved in networking technologies.

    Restrictions on the registration of .net names were never enforced and the domain is now a general purpose namespace. It is still popular with network operators, the advertising sector, and is often treated as an alternative to .com being that the domain itself is reflective of it's internet use.

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    The .org name is truncated from the word organization. It was one of the original domains established in 1985,

    The domain was originally intended for non-profit entities, but this restriction was not enforced and has since been removed. The domain is commonly used by schools, open-source projects, communities and charities, as well as by for-profit entities. The number of registered domains in .org has increased from fewer than one million in the 1990s, to ten million as of June 2012.

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